A design student from the University of Canberra has won the 2015 Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards (AGOTYA). Dylan White, an Object and Industrial Design graduate from the University of Canberra won the AGOTYA ‘Award of Excellence’ for his design projects submitted to the competition, beating several graduates in Australia and New Zealand from five other design categories to claim the overall prize.

Judges in the AGOTYA programme unanimously awarded Dylan the major prize for his ‘high level of capability, knowledge and creative skill – and ability to find the balance between art and science’. The judges were all impressed with the exceptionally high level of research and development that had gone into each project, especially since each project belonged to a different industry.

An annual awards programme administered by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the AGOTYA competition invites tertiary institutions from Australia and New Zealand to nominate the work of their best design graduates from the preceding year.

Dylan won $1,000 cash sponsored by Architecture Media, and a profile in Artichoke magazine and the DIA Spark national newsletter, sponsored by Architecture Media and the DIA. He thoughtfully donated a portion of his award ($200) to the Central West NSW Headspace to assist in its fundraising initiative to help young adults take control of their mental wellbeing.

A full list of AGOTYA category winners can be viewed on the DIA website and the AGOTYA Facebook page.